By Senator Pat Gallivan
As you may or may not know, the New York State Senate is expected to vote soon on the so-called “Reproductive Health Act.” This bill, among other things, would amend public health law and greatly expand access to abortions in New York State. It would allow abortions to be performed by non-physicians at “any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health.”
I oppose this legislation and plan to vote against it.
I will continue working in the Senate to find common ground solutions that help prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place and encourage alternatives to abortion.
This legislation has been proposed in the past. While previously approved by the NYS Assembly, it has repeatedly been stopped in the State Senate. Under the Senate’s new leadership, however, the bill is expected to come to the floor for a vote in the coming days.
Many of you have contacted my office to share your thoughts on this bill. I appreciate your input and want to assure you that your comments have been received. If I can be of any further assistance on this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact my office.